Sandown Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday September 14

Sandown Preview & Best Bets


Our form expert provides Sandown tips for today’s horse racing at Sandown Racecourse and gives his best bets.


Sandown Tips 14/09/2022


Race 7 No. 6 THE GARDEN- ($2.90)

THE GARDEN should be hard to beat in Race 7. The promising galloper from the Symon Wilde stables has registered four wins from 10 starts and resumed with a 5th at Moonee Valley on August 20 over the 1200m. He started favourite that day but missed the start then was held up as they cornered. Second up last time he was a bit at sea down the Flemington straight when 3rd behind Rose Quartz before winning at the Hillside circuit over the 1400m. I expect improvement to come from this son of Shooting To Win and Ben Melham just needs to negotiate the wide draw. 




Race 3 No. 1 KISSINGER – ($8)

KISSINGER should find this easier than recent runs. The seven-year-old was disappointing here three starts ago but was found to be lame in the wash-up. He then produced an excellent performance when 3rd at Flemington behind Fifth Position before getting too far back in the run when 7th behind Spanish Tides at Caulfield in a BenchMark 78. The Lindsey Smith-trained galloper drops in grade and recent form should measure up, while the 2kg claim for Jacob Opperman gets him down to a winnable weight. 




Race 5 No. 3 PUCKAPUNYAL – ($9)

Keen on another from the Lindsey Smith stable and that horse is PUCKAPUNYAL in Race 5. The six-year-old resumed at Sale on August 21 and led before just being run down late by Juice Box, putting a gap on the rest of them. At her last preparation she went from a 7th at Ballarat over the 1100m when resuming to a strong win at Warrnambool over the 1400m, improving nine lengths on benchmark figures in the process. The daughter of Epaulette draws wide but has the speed to cross over and find a spot, while she doesn’t mind a track with a bit of give in the ground. 




Race 8 No. 2 MADDOX – ($21)

Best Value comes up in the final race of the day and it is MADDOX that is worth a crack at the each-way quote. The John Moloney-trained galloper resumed off an eight-week break at Hillside on August 10 and worked hard in the early stages to lead before battling away into 6th position beaten four lengths by Duchy Of Savoy. She went nearly five lengths faster than standard benchmark, which are the best last start figures of any runner. At her previous second up run she was an improver when cruising to a three-length win at Sale. She can cross from the wide gate and take some running down.